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June 2018 MMA News Archive - Page 4

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Ed Ruth to make welterweight debut vs. Andy Murad at Bellator 201
Ed Ruth’s journey at 170 pounds begins this summer. Undefeated at middleweight, Ruth will drop down a division to fight Andy Murad at Bellator 201 on June 29 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. The three-time NCAA wrestling champion was originally scheduled to make his welterweight debut in April, but a late opponent switch caused the bout to be changed to a 175-pound catchweight affair.
Submitted Jun 5, 2018 11:42AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Keri Melendez returns at Bellator 201 to fight Tiani Valle
Keri Melendez will soon be back in Bellator action. The professional kickboxer-turned-cage fighter will compete in MMA for the second time when she meets Tiani Valle in a strawweight bout at Bellator 201 on June 29 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif.
Submitted Jun 5, 2018 11:40AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
Dana White: UFC working with commissions to get rid of early weigh-ins
With more and more frequency, it seems fighters missing weight has become an issue in MMA. And on several occasions, it’s been more than a mere nuisance that a fighter has come in off the mark. In the UFC, in particular, it’s not been a rarity for a fighter to be pulled from an event altogether because of a weight-cut that has gone awry at the 11th hour. In some cases, fighters have been hospitalized because of it. On the latest edition of the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast with hosts Matt Serra and Jim Norton, UFC President Dana White said he believes the early weigh-ins the promotion moved to in 2016, in partnership with most state athletic commissions, are to blame for more fighters missing weight than should be expected. But White also said the UFC is making an effort to do away with the early weigh-ins and go back to the previous format – which was a late afternoon public weigh-in event for the fans the day before the fight card, usually at 4 p.m. local time. In the new format, fighters weigh-in during a two-hour window, typically between 9-11 a.m. local, and then at many events return for a ceremonial weigh-in for the fans in the afternoon.
Submitted Jun 5, 2018 10:59AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
Damir Hadzovic vs. Nick Hein set for UFC Fight Night 134 in Germany
The UFC’s return to Germany next month continues to build with the addition of a new lightweight bout. Damir Hadzovic (11-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will take on Germany’s own Nick Hein (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) on hostile turf at UFC Fight Night 134. UFC officials announced the new booking today. UFC Fight Night 134 takes place July 22 at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jun 5, 2018 10:57AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC 225's Joseph Benavidez happy to return from long layoff, unhappy being 'buried' on UFC Fight Pass
As he prepares to return from an an 18-month-long layoff, Joseph Benavidez has a few reasons to be happy. But then there are others in which Benavidez isn’t all that happy. Benavidez, the No. 2 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, meets No. 6 fighter Pettis in a meaningful fight for the division. In fact, should he beat Pettis and add a seventh win to his current streak, Benavidez thinks it will be hard to deny him a third stab at champ Demetrious Johnson. Despite its possible ramifications, the flyweight bout is only the third fight of the evening and will be featured on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed preliminary card at Chicago’s United Center. Asked about it, Benavidez makes no secret of his feelings on the card placement.
Submitted Jun 4, 2018 5:52PM by Braden - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
Andrea Lee’s husband, coach Donny Aaron apologizes for Nazi tattoos, won’t get them removed or covered
Andrea Lee’s husband has addressed the recent controversy surrounding him. Donny Aaron, husband and coach to the UFC flyweight and former LFA champion, issued a public apology Sunday morning via his Instagram account regarding Nazi tattoos he has on both arms. The tattoos came to light Friday when Lee tweeted a photo at a lake that showed a swastika tattoo on Aaron’s left arm. Later, people on social media dug up a photo of Aaron’s other arm, which has a tattoo of a Nazi SS bolt symbol. Both are considered Neo-Nazi hate symbols by the Anti-Defamation League. In his statement, Aaron apologized to everyone that was offended by his tattoos and said he got them during his time in prison. Aaron says his tattoos are symbols of his past, but not of his present or future, claiming he’s now a changed man. Aaron says he won’t cover the Nazi tattoos with other tattoos nor will he get the tattoos removed, as those are not “options” for him. Aaron did say that he will wear keep wearing long-sleeve clothing in public to cover the hate symbols.
Submitted Jun 4, 2018 4:05PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Yair Rodriguez Announces He’s Back in the UFC Fold, Fighting in September
Yair Rodriguez was unexpectedly cut from the UFC roster over an apparent willingness to accept the fights offered him. Now, just a few short weeks later, Rodriguez is just as unexpectedly back in the UFC fold. “I’m happy to (let you) know that the UFC and I are (on) the best terms ever and now I’m back (on) track to chase my dream of (becoming) a UFC champion,” Rodriguez wrote on Instagram account on Saturday.
Submitted Jun 3, 2018 8:04PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Georges St-Pierre: It’s ‘still easy’ to beat drug tests, ‘even now’ with USADA
Drug testing in the UFC was effectively the wild, wild west when Georges St-Pierre first walked away from the sport in 2013. Back then, in the era of testosterone-replacement therapy, out-of-competition drug screening was nonexistent and commission-mandated testing was generally viewed as an IQ test more so than anything else. But all of that changed in July 2015 when the UFC and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) partnered to create one of the most comprehensive drug-testing programs in all of sports. Ever since, failed drug tests have become commonplace in the UFC while the number of suspensions handed out by USADA has ballooned with each passing month. But St-Pierre is confident that plenty of cheaters still remain in the UFC.
Submitted Jun 3, 2018 7:54PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Utica Bonuses: Moraes & Gillespie Bank $50k For Big Wins
Last night’s (Fri. June 1, 2018) UFC Utica event presented some tremendous performances from several fighters on the card, but only a few could take home the $50k bonuses for their extraordinary efforts. In the featured bout of the UFC Fight Pass Prelims, UFC newcomer Nathaniel Wood pulled off a D’arce choke victory over Johnny Eduardo. It was a magnificent comeback for Wood, who will take home an extra $50k for his Performance Of The Night. Ben Saunders also scored a Performance Of The Night bonus after nailing Jake Ellenberger with a knee to the liver that forced the fight to be called off in the first round. Saunders’ paycheck will be $50k fatter as a result. In the co-main event of the evening, UFC lightweight prospect Gregor Gillespie put on a dominant performance over Vinc Pichel. He wound up scoring an arm-triangle choke in the second round and will get a $50k Performance Of The Night bonus. Our final Performance Of The Night bonus winner was main event victor Marlon Moraes, who scored a 30-second knockout win over Jimmie Rivera.
Submitted Jun 3, 2018 2:07AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Jessica Aguilar pulled from tonight's UFC Utica fight vs. Jodie Esquibel – reportedly due to chapped lips
Just hours before she was to fight, Jessica Aguilar has been pulled from her bout against Jodie Esquibel at UFC Fight Night 131. Team representatives for both Aguilar (19-6 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Esquibel (6-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) confirmed the news to MMAjunkie following an initial report from ESPN Radio’s Jordan Sherwood on Twitter. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the cancellation. According to MMAfighting.com’s Ariel Helwani on Twitter, the New York State Athletic Commission asked for additional medical clearance on Thursday for Aguilar – and received it. But today, the commission reportedly decided to scrap the fight despite the thumbs up the day before. Aguilar coach and cornerman Din Thomas said chapped lips was the culprit, confirming a report on Twitter from Helwani.
Submitted Jun 1, 2018 6:05PM by Budgellism - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
Yair Rodriguez reconciles with UFC, agrees to fight Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 228
It appears featherweight contender Yair Rodriguez and UFC officials have patched up a seemingly broken relationship. This past month, UFC officials released Rodriguez (10-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC), who’s No. 15 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, after UFC President Dana White said he turned down a fight with Zabit Magomedsharipov (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at UFC 227. Now, though, Rodriguez and UFC officials have apparently mended fences – and the fight is back on for UFC 228, according to ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto
Submitted Jun 1, 2018 4:55PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Emil Meek vs. Bartosz Fabinski booked for UFC Hamburg
Emil Meek will look to bounce back from his first UFC loss when he faces Bartosz Fabinski in Hamburg on Jul.22.
Submitted Jun 1, 2018 4:54PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Video chronicles Darren Till’s brutal weight cut before UFC Liverpool
Darren Till missed weight last weight by 3-1/2 pounds. But certainly not from lack of trying. Till’s weight cut ahead of his fight with Stephen Thompson at UFC Liverpool was chronicled in a video released Thursday by his sponsor Paddy Power. Till can be seen unable to stand up in sauna. And at one point he told his coaches he could not see, prompting them to stop the weight-cutting process.
Submitted Jun 1, 2018 3:12AM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Cris Cyborg battery case dismissed after fine, anger management course
Cris Cyborg is in the clear with regards to her legal issues. The UFC women’s featherweight champion issued a submittal plea in Las Vegas Municipal Court after being cited for battery last year in an incident involving fellow fighter Angela Magaña, a court spokesperson confirmed with MMA Fighting. Cyborg paid a $398 fine and the case was recently dismissed.
Submitted Jun 1, 2018 3:10AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Kelvin Gastelum to make his studio analyst debut at UFC Utica
Add Kelvin Gastelum to the list of fighters giving the commentary game a go. FOX Sports announced Thursday the middleweight contender and former TUF winner will make his debut on the studio desk commentary team for UFC Utica on Friday night. Gastelum will be joined in studio for the FS1 card by Kenny Florian, Brandon Fitzgerald, and in an interesting twist, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Submitted Jun 1, 2018 2:49AM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
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